KB 63 Lord Krsna Fights with Banasura Banasura heard that the soldiers of the Yadu dynasty were attacking the whole city, tearing down various walls, gates and nearby gardens. Becoming very angry, he immediately ordered his soldiers, who were of equal caliber, to go and face them. Lord Siva was so kind to Banasura that he personally came as the commander-in-chief of the military force, assisted by his heroic sons Karttikeya and Ganapati. Seated on his favorite bull, Nandisvara, Lord Siva led the fighting against Lord Krsna and Balarama. We can simply imagine how fierce the fighting was--Lord Siva with his valiant sons on one side and Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His elder brother, Sri Balaramaji, on the other. The fighting was so fierce that those who saw the battle were struck with wonder, and the hairs on their bodies stood up. Lord Siva was engaged in fighting directly with Lord Krsna, Pradyumna was engaged with Karttikeya, and Lord Balarama was engaged with Banasura's commander-in-chief, Kumbhanda, who was assisted by Kupakarna. Samba, the son of Krsna, was engaged in fighting with the son of Banasura, and Banasura was engaged in fighting with Satyaki, commander-in-chief of the Yadu dynasty. In this way the fighting was waged.
News of the fighting spread all over the universe. Demigods such as Lord Brahma, from higher planetary systems, along with great sages and saintly persons, Siddhas, Caranas and Gandharvas--all being very curious to see the fight between Lord Siva, Lord Krsna and their assistants--were hovering over the battlefield in their airplanes. Lord Siva is called the bhuta-natha, being assisted by various types of powerful ghosts and denizens of the inferno--bhutas, pretas, pramathas, guhyakas, dakinis, pisacas, kusmandas, vetalas, vinayakas and brahma-raksasas. (Of all kinds of ghosts, the brahma-raksasas are very powerful. Brahmanas transferred to the role of ghosts become brahma-raksasas.)
The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna simply drove all these ghosts away from the battlefield, beating them with His celebrated bow, Sarngadhanur. Lord Siva then began to release all his selected weapons upon the Personality of Godhead. Lord Sri Krsna, without any difficulty, counteracted all these weapons with counter-weapons. He counteracted the brahmastra, similar to the atomic bomb, by another brahmastra, and an air weapon by a mountain weapon. When Lord Siva released a particular weapon bringing about a violent hurricane on the battlefield, Lord Krsna presented just the opposing element, a mountain weapon which checked the hurricane on the spot. Similarly when Lord Siva released his weapon of devastating fire, Krsna counteracted it with torrents of rain.
At last, when Lord Siva released his personal weapon, called Pasupata-sastra, Krsna immediately counteracted it by the Narayana-sastra. Lord Siva then became exasperated in fighting with Lord Krsna. Krsna then took the opportunity to release His yawning weapon. When this weapon is released, the opposing party becomes tired, stops fighting, and begins to yawn. Consequently, Lord Siva became so fatigued that he refused to fight anymore and began to yawn. Krsna was now able to turn His attention from the attack of Lord Siva to the efforts of Banasura, and He began to kill his personal soldiers with swords and clubs. Meanwhile, Lord Krsna's son Pradyumna was fighting fiercely with Karttikeya, the commander-in-chief of the demigods. Karttikeya was wounded, and his body was bleeding profusely. In this condition, he left the battlefield and, without fighting anymore, rode away on the back of his peacock carrier. Similarly, Lord Balarama was smashing Banasura's commander-in-chief, Kumbhanda, with the strokes of His club. Kupakarna was also wounded in this way, and both he and Kumbhanda fell on the battlefield, the commander-in-chief being fatally wounded. Without guidance, all of Banasura's soldiers scattered here and there.
When Banasura saw that his soldiers and commanders had been defeated, his anger only increased. He thought it wise to stop fighting with Satyaki, Krsna's commander-in-chief, and instead directly attacked Lord Krsna. Now having the opportunity to use his one thousand hands, he rushed towards Krsna, simultaneously working five hundred bows and two thousand arrows. Such a foolish person could never measure Krsna's strength. Immediately, without any difficulty, Krsna cut each of Banasura's bows into two pieces and, to check him from going further, made his chariot horses lay on the ground. The chariot then broke to pieces. After doing this, Krsna blew His conchshell, Pancajanya.